kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2012. 12oz bottle at HOTD. Pours a deep, orange-copper color; fine-bubbled light-tan head with nice retention and lacing. Plenty of tannic Bourbon and dry brown sugar notes; lean aroma overall. Full body, moderate CO2; layers of caramel (touch of oxidation), crystalline sugar, and toasty Bourbon infused with notes of vanilla and lightly tannic oak; lots of Bourbon and toasty warmth throughout; light, sweet finish.
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle thanks to Mark. Bottle shared with Julien.
Appearance : Slightly hazy amber with no head.
Aroma : Big oxidation with caramel and papery notes. Light alcohol, light spices. Very light tropical fruits. Light spicy rye. Some vanilla of course with light woody notes.
Taste : Vanilla with oxidation. Papery caramel with light hops. Some notes of tropical fruits are quickly passing by on the arrival. Finish has oxidation notes with caramel, piny hops and light alcohol.
Palate : Dead flat.
Overall : Quite an interesting drink. Really nice complexity and depth. Enjoyable presence of oxidation. Intriguing tropical fruits here and there. A hard to categorize beer. the lack of carbonation does not hurt the beer too much. Great beer !
JulienHuxley (2514) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared bu Fred (haha) merci! Clear copper orange pour, not even a single bubble actually looks like bourbon. Aroma of a typical hotd malt bomb, quite oxidized, light alcohol notes, tropical fruits says the label, I can agree with that. Rye is also present. Perry. Taste is fruity, liquory, more perry, light fruity acidity, bourbon, wood, lingering vanilla taste. Palate is completely flat, but nice port alcohol warmth. Nice.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from cavemanlawyer, thanks James! 2011 Vintage. Pours a murky, orange-amber colored body with a thin, bubbly, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is richer toffees with a good amount of bourbon and vanilla-oak. A few dark fruit notes, caramel, and buttered almonds. Flavor is similar. Richer toffees and caramels with a bit more of a sherry-like, tropical fruitiness. A few raisin dark fruits, a nice bourbon and oaky vanilla, a light woody spice, and a touch of buttered almonds towards the end. Finishes somewhat dry with a bit of a woody spice, toffees, bourbon, vanilla, and a light fruity note. Lengthy aftertaste following a somewhat chewy, medium body and a flatter carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barrel aged barley wine. Lots of barrel character, but plenty of toffees and fruits to balance. Carbonation seems a bit too flat to me, but other than that, this was enjoyable.
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Frank. Pours like swamp water..a murky light brown that is barely transparent. Head is present and lasting. Aroma is vanilla, candied apple, bourbon, some belgian yeast characteristics. Taste is maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, raisins, toffee. Finish is hot, heavy bourbon. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than the Fred. An overall gem but not the intelligent balance of sweet and bitter present in the Fred. Too sweet and sticky but def nice.
Jesterdeal (1640) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of sweet cherry, red wine, vanilla and bourbon. Pours thick, sticky and red. Taste is mostly cane sugars, caramel and cherries. Mostly bourbon syrup and no sign of the sour fred. Kind of a let down in that regard. Otherwise, if you like sticky barrel-aged beers, this is no joke.
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, from HOTD PDX, 16/01/13.
Pours a clear dark amber brown with a thin off white head that clears to a bubbly edge piece and a triangular film. Second half of the bottle leads to a hazy pour.
Nose is big on the bourbon, wood, booze, dark toffee, dark fruits, coconut backnotes.
Taste comprises sweet sugars, big boozey notes but well tempered by the sugars so’s not to come over too harsh, dark fruits, raisens, dates, touch of coconut.
Carbonation is a little over cooked for my liking (and evident in the bubbly appearance), full bodied, boozey and sweet in the finish. Having supped this one gently over an hour, the carbonation flattens out so raised from 3 to 4.
A top drop, well balanced, good dose of booze but tempered by the sweetness.
Dixonian (1558) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy copper brew with a bit of white head. Nose is crazy - bourbon, caramel, oak, vanilla, sugar sweetness. Flavor is complex and evolved as it warmed - lots of bourbon and wood, vanilla, toffee, caramel. ABV is there but not overpowering.
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Bacterial (thanks Jeff!). Clear dark tan pour, no carbonation whatsoever and an aroma of light sweet malt, caramel and mellow vanilla/bourbon. Flavor is silky caramel, sweet silky bourbon and a little bready. No way this tastes like 12%, good god this is tasty.
Huhzubendah (2258) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
Served with Adam, Adam from the Wood, Cherry Adam from the Wood, Fred, Matt, Doggie Claws ’05.
The beer is a murky copper/brown/orange hue with virtually no head. The aroma brings bourbon, oak, subtle fruit and spice. Good flavor, slightly tannic. Smooth bourbon taste with low carbonation. A tasty brew. A bit less sweet than regular Fred, which is nice. Like the other beers in this lineup, this is suitable for slow sipping and savoring. Overall, very good. Something I would definitely enjoy having again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-18-2011